Patrick Segawa

Patrick Segawa - 2016 Nominee
Position: Founder and Team Leader
Organization: Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU)
Patrick is a SRHR advocate, public health practitioner and social entrepreneur who strives to use information technology to improve the health of his community. He is the Founder and Programme Coordinator of the Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU) where he works on youth and community empowerment projects. – Dennis Ssesanga, Communication and Marketing Advisor at Marie Stopes Uganda
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Segawa Patrick is an energetic, proactive and self-motivated SRHR Advocate, Public Health practitioner with passion for Social entrepreneurship and ICT for health. He has over four years’ experience in working with youth and community SRHR based projects through engaging local, opinion and religious leaders both at local and national level. Patrick has embraced the use of creative and perfomance arts; role plays, flash mobs, spoken word poetry, dance narratives and short drama as tools of empowering young peoplew with SRHR and HIV prevention messages. Patrick organized the 1st World AIDS Day Flash Mob in Kampala with over 500 young people in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2014 and 77000 condoms distributed with emphasis on correct use of condoms during the CondomsAreCool FLASHMOB

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning derives from the dedication and commitment towards making a difference in my community. When I was growing up, I witnessed many problems that come in as a result of porr family planning in my community such as inadequate resources for education, heath care, good nutrition due to too children being raised at the same time. Doing Public Health at Graduate level was the only way i was going to directly empower my community on the importance of FP at household

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

Limited funding to replicate successful projects to other parts of the coutry with no access to SRH information and services for young people such as prison popluations, refugee camps. Through establishing strategic partnerships, synergies and colloborations with Internatioanl Agencies, CSOs and CBOS, PHAU has been able to provide increase access to SRH infromation and services to a target number of young people despite the demand being high in certain parts of the country.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

The current pregnancy rates amongst teenage girls are quoted at 25% (Uganda Population Secretariat, 2011), making Uganda one of the countries with the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in Sub Saharan Africa.  Integration of comprehensive sexuality education in the existing school curricula at the different levels of education will guarantee that adolescents and youths are receiving accurate, quality and  age appropriate information on SRH not limited to Family Planning.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

To establish a global movement of public health practitioners who are passionate about making a difference within their countries especially on the issues of SRH that affect youths & communities. This movement will be used to advocate for better health policies addressing SRH issues in targeted populations. Moreso provide oversight of developed and established public health partnerships, synergies and consortiums for evidence based SRHR interventions in different countries-globally.

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